a brief stop in the course of a journey, as to eat, sleep, or visit friends.
such a stop made with the privilege of proceeding later on the ticket originally issued.

Origin of stopover

First recorded in 1860–65; noun use of verb phrase stop over Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for stopover

delay, pause, stop, halt, breather

Examples from the Web for stopover

Contemporary Examples of stopover

Historical Examples of stopover

  • Almost all towns have stopover books nowadays, and a good thing, too.


    William Gerken

  • We are bound for San Francisco, with a stopover at Nagasaki.

    At the Fall of Port Arthur

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • She had learned that the tickets permitted a stopover in Vienna.

  • They mean to swim to the island opposite without any stopover, and are watched by an admiring crowd of youngsters.


    Alexandra G. Lockwine

  • Benefits resulting from the stopover in the Indies were countered by the considerable exposure to tropical infections.

British Dictionary definitions for stopover



a stopping place on a journey

verb stop over

(intr, adverb) to make a stopover
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Word Origin and History for stopover

1881, from stop + over.

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